Mizzou sophomore Marcus Murphy on Monday morning was named Southeastern Conference co-special teams player of the week after his key 66-yard punt return for a touchdown in MU's 21-16 victory Saturday at Central Florida.
Murphy, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury, was recognized along with Alabama's Christion Jones, who returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in the top-ranked Crimson Tide's 33-14 win over Ole Miss.
Murphy also was named SEC special teams player of the week after returning two punts for touchdowns in Mizzou's 62-10 opening victory over Southeastern Louisiana.
Before that game, MU as a team had only enjoyed one instance of two kick returns for a score in a game, in 1965 against UCLA on Johnny Roland's 65-yard punt return and Ray Thorpe's 79-yard kickoff return.
Murphy is seventh in the nation in punt return average at 20.07 yards a return.